Emmet Hollingshead

Program Assistant, Militarism and Human Rights


Emmet Hollingshead

Emmet served as FCNL’s Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights for 2018-2019. He lobbied for more peaceful, ethical, and holistic U.S. foreign policy. Our international stance should not be based on military might, but on compassionate and inclusive leadership focused on mutual interests. To that end, Emmet worked with members of Congress and their staff, fellow peace activists, and grassroots supporters to develop better ways for the U.S. to engage with the world.

Emmet graduated cum laude from Macalester College in 2018, where he wrote an Honors Thesis on the political structure of Iranian proxy groups. He has previously interned with Congressman Keith Ellison, given a TED talk on local governments’ actions in the international sphere, and coordinated international professional exchange programs led by the U.S. State Department.

He is a member of Pittsburgh Friends Monthly Meeting, an avid soccer player, and a newfound Washington Wizards fan.

Articles by Emmet Hollingshead

Update Alphabet Soup: AUMF in the NDAA 

Progress Toward Ending Endless War

On July 12, the House of Representatives voted on 438 amendments to the annual defense authorization bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Event Interfaith Conference to End Drone Warfare Offers Opportunity for Activism 

September 27-29, 2019 | Princeton, NJ

One of the most chilling aspects of the United State’s Forever Wars has been the increasingly common practice of drone warfare. Yet even as this practice has become more common, it has received a disappointing lack of attention from members of Congress.

Update The Power of Persistence: House Moves to End Endless War 

On June 19, for the first time in nearly two decades of endless war, a full chamber of Congress voted to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used by three consecutive presidents to justify military engagements around the world with little congressional oversight.

Update FCNL Lobbying Helps Win Protections for Detainees at Guantanamo Bay 

Last month, the Senate Armed Services Committee released the summary of its annual defense spending bill for fiscal year 2020, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill included two provisions that would improve the treatment of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, which FCNL and our partner organizations have been lobbying for since January.

Update One Small Step for the House, One Giant Leap for Peace 

On May 21, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) after 240 days. This is the most significant vote yet in favor of repealing the legislation that started the United States’ so-called “forever wars.”

Action Alert Rally to #EndDroneWarfare Highlights Problems with CIA Program 

On May 3, faith groups gathered in Edward R. Murrow Park in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to CIA drone strikes and a commitment from General Atomics, the company which builds the Predator and Reaper drones, not to develop lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Update Congress Advances Bill to Prohibit War in Venezuela 

On April 9, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed H.R. 1004, Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela.

Update New Bill Would Require U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Within One Year 

On March 4, Sens. Rand Paul (KY) and Tom Udall (NM) introduced legislation that would require the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan within one year.

Update FCNL Welcomes Bill to Repeal the 2001 AUMF 

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced a bill to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (H.R. 1274). A bipartisan group of 46 representatives joined Rep. Lee to cosponsor the bill.

Background Human Rights Week of Action: Interview with Diane Randall 

December 10th marked Washington, D.C.'s 10th anniversary as a Human Rights City. FCNL Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights, Emmet Hollingshead, recently sat down with Executive Secretary Diane Randall to discuss the importance of human rights in D.C., and what it means to live in a Human Rights City.